Rejuvenation Fitness's founder Terry Pratt started his gym more than 20 years ago after discovering that the standard membership model offered by most gyms didn't generate the results he wanted. The problem, as he saw it, was that most people simply weren't doing the right kind of training. After research and education, he determined that metabolic resistance training?combing plenty of cardio with pushing, pulling, climbing, tossing, and lifting?not only toned the body, but consumed fat more quickly than any one form of exercise on its own. He continues to evolve his perspective on fitness with modern trends, incorporating everything from perennially popular push-ups to kettlebells and TRX suspension harnesses into his ever-changing regimen.
The United States Pilates Association–qualified posture-improvers at Core Sport mold bodies with routines that bolster core strength and extend flexibility. Personal trainers meld heart-pumping cardio and strength training with balancing poses and flexibility maneuvers that are custom-formulated to each individual client. Pilates equipment classes center around devices such as the tower, which harnesses the power of spring resistance to give muscles the beauty and resilience of a fully-compressed pogo stick. A potent arsenal of Gratz apparatuses, free weights, resistance bands, and medicine balls facilitate a stretchy, bouncy fitness regimen. Seasoned Pilates instructors lead gaggles of Pilates practitioners in one-hour group classes scheduled daily, such as the floor-based Pilates mat class and a boot camp class that aims to fortify cardiovascular endurance. Core-strength Pilates training develops the body as a whole rather than a collection of parts and zones, so clients don't run the risk of an odd number of abs.
With thousands of locations all over North America and a ranking of the sixth-best franchise by Entrepreneur, Anytime Fitness is a fast-growing chain of fitness centers that bills itself as "the club for busy people." The gym is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and members get keycard access to work out with the strength training and cardio equipment onsite. Personal TVs on treadmills, ellipticals, and bicycles make working out fun, and there are live Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and hip-hop cardio classes taught by certified instructors in the group fitness studio. Clients can also choose to work out with a video-on-request system, hit the free weights or dumbbells weighing up to 110 pounds, or have a session with a certified personal trainer to amp up their routine. With an emphasis on cleanliness, efficiency, and friendliness, Anytime Fitness helps its members work out when it's most convenient. When not at the gym, Anytime Health online grants members access to perks such as meal and workout plans, activity trackers, and Q&A forums.
Unlike the Pilates studios that inhabit neighborhoods throughout the country, Great Pilates Now, LLC primarily inhabits cyberspace. With a membership to the online studio, athletes can Skype with studio head Judith Farmer for body assessments and guided workouts. Alternatively, they can stream selections from her library of original, equipment-free Pilates videos, which Farmer updates weekly. With seven children of her own, Farmer understands the mechanics of prenatal Pilates from firsthand experience; however, she also expertly designs core-strengthening workouts for teens, seniors, and beginners, who still need to be convinced that mat classes aren’t only for mats. To complement her online offerings, Farmer offers classes in a 1,600-square-foot studio and facilitates overall health with wellness and weight-loss coaching.
Fitness Rx's team of instructors deploys to dozens of locations throughout southeastern Michigan to lead a staggering array of fitness classes. Whether they're guiding groups through kickboxing's strikes, yoga poses, or Pilates’ core-strengthening moves, they draw on their diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and enthusiasm. Additionally, trainers meet for one-on-one or semi-private sessions, and supplement workouts with nutrition support to help clients achieve varied goals, from building strength to fitting back inside their high-school-graduation cap.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.